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India: Muslim cleric issues fatwa calling for homosexuals to be burnt alive, pushed from high wall or stoned

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“Bareilly cleric issues fatwa against homosexuality, live-in relationships,” by Shailvee Sharda for TNN, December 20:

LUCKNOW: A Bareilly-based cleric has issued a fatwa against homosexuality and live-in relationships calling them anti-Islam and said Shariyat has provisions to punish those indulging in such acts.The fatwa was issued by Mohammad Afzaal Rizwi, the mufti of Darululoom Ifta at Dargah Aala Hazrat, Bareilly in response to a query by Akhlaq Ahmed Siddiqui Noori on the issue.

The mufti has cited two hadis (teachings of the Prophet Mohammed) from the Quran as a premise for his fatwa. As per Hadis Dur-re-mukhtar, such acts could attract severe punishment, he said. “A person may be burnt alive, pushed from a high wall or be beaten publically with stones if he indulges into either of the two behaviours,” the fatwa states.

The other hadis is a story that explains why Islam is against homosexuality. The story relates to a tribe, kaum-e-looth, which existed in the pre-Islamic era. The tribe is said to have perished because it indulged in homosexuality.

Regarding live-in relationships, the fatwa says a couple staying together or having sexual relationship without solemnising marriage is banned under Islam. The woman in a live-in relationship cannot ask for the rights of a wife.

Many clerics have backed the fatwa. Maulana Tasleem Raza Khan of Ahle Sunnat Movement said the two relationships do not have legal validity under Islam. He said no religion would allow this and advised Muslims to boycott the law that promotes such behaviour.

Shia cleric Maulana Yadoob Abbas said both live-in relationships and homosexuality are against nature. “Going against nature would spell doom,” he said. Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahli of Eidgah Lucknow termed it “against Indian tradition”.

#Syria: Fatwa allows starving people to eat cats and dogs


Syrian clerics in southern Damascus issued a religious ruling (fatwa)  that allows starving people to eat cats and dogs, according to a report by Al-Arabiya on Monday. The clerics issued the fatwa in an appeal for humanitarian aid.

“How does the world sleep with full stomachs while there are hungry people, and not far from the main city [Damascus],” said a leading imam originally broadcasted by the Southern Damascus Media Office.

The Imam went on to say that while Muslims were busy on the pilgrimage (hajj) to Mecca, “there are people who died from hunger.”

“Haven’t you heard the fatwas that have filled our streets and mosques by permitting people to eat cats, dogs and other animals that have already been killed by the bomb attacks?” he said according to the report.

He added, “Are you waiting for us to eat the flesh of our martyrs and our dead after fearing our lives?”

A fatwa permitting the eating of cats, dogs, and donkeys was also issued by an imam in the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Damascus, which has been under siege, according to a report in the London-based daily Asharq Al-Awsat on Sunday.

The camp and several other areas in Damascus have been under siege for more than three months and the Syrian regime has cut off the city and prevented the entry of any food.

Last year a similar fatwa was issued in the Syrian city of Homs allowing the eating of cats, dogs, and donkeys.

In U-turn, Saudi cleric withdraws fatwa on ‘sin city’ Dubai


Saudi cleric Sheikh Mohammad al-Shanar issued his fatwa via Twitter last week. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)

A Saudi cleric who had issued a fatwa (religious edict) earlier this week barring travel to Dubai has decided to withdraw his statement.

Sheikh Mohammad al-Shanar issued his fatwa via Twitter last week, stating the spread of “immoralities” in the Emirati city as the reason behind his fatwa.

However, in a statement issued Wednesday, the cleric said: “Following my fatwa, there have been plenty of reactions by many people, including honest scholars who are well-informed of daawa (preaching of Islam).

“And so, after discussions, contemplation and reconsideration, and because people’s travel aims vary and the rightful path must be followed, I announce the end to a bar on travelling to Dubai unless it’s a necessity.”

He added that after receiving comments on the fatwa from Islamic scholars in the Emirates and other countries, he came to the conclusion that “it’s a duty [to do what’s right].”

He also made efforts to cement relations with the United Arab Emirates.

“The Emirati people are our brothers and we love them and appreciate them. They are well-known for maintaining their good traditions and for their concern over religion. God willing, no one will be capable of ruining this friendship and unity among the sons of the one religion.”

Shanar initially issued the fatwa to answer a question that asked whether a woman could visit Dubai without a male guardian.

He had said: “A woman asked me if it she may go to Dubai without a guardian. I answer her saying: going to Dubai is forbidden, whether she is accompanied by a guardian or not because the [spread of immoralities] and sins increase if traveling without a guardian was not a necessity,” Shanar responded.

His fatwa prompted a wave of reactions from social media users and from other religious scholars, with many criticizing him as “odd” and “offensive,” according to posted tweets.